Shane striving to bounce back in Comet
RODEO: Alton Downs cowboy Shane Iker can't put his finger on it - he is just in terrible form.
The reigning APRA all around champion will return to one of his favourite events at the weekend, hoping to snap his luckless run.
He has nominated in the rope and tie, steer wrestling and team roping and will face some of his toughest opposition from Townsville's Campbell Hodson and Hughenden's Clancy Middleton.
"My form is terrible, haven't gone well at all in recent weeks,” Iker admitted.
"A bit of everything, the cattle's fault and my fault, mainly my fault.
"Hopefully I can change it this weekend.”
Just two hours west on the Capricorn Highway, the Comet Benefit Rodeo is not only close to home, but does their bit for charity each year.
The rodeo has donated over $100,000 to Camp Quality over the years and is a main reason why Iker continues to return.
"They bring all the kids out and it is always a great weekend,” he said.
"The cattle is really good too. In the past I have gone really well in Comet, I do like going there.
"Hopefully I can get back to winning ways. To get the all around is the pinnacle and the reason a lot of guys do rodeos.
"It is the hardest to do I think and I have managed it three times.”
Springsure rider Allan Powell will be favourite for Saddle Bronc after winning two rounds and the average at the National Finals last year in Warwick. He had the best score of last year's Finals with 81 on Cheyene Top Girl.
Powell will face tough opposition from Wandoan rider Cameron Webster and Warwick pair Lane Grayson and Lucas Wilson.
In the cowgirl events, Emerald rider, Leanne Caban will be one of the riders to beat, especially in Breakaway Roping where she leads the APRA standings.
In the Barrel Race, she comes up against past champion Teneille Little.
The best juniors in the nation will be back in Central Queensland for the Junior National Finals Rodeo at Emerald on July 7-8. The open rodeo at Emerald is on July 8 at the start of the APRA Northern Run.